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Laurie Steed is a writer and editor from Western Australia. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, the Review of Australian Fiction, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, Kill Your Darlings, The Sleepers Almanac, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Baltic Writing Residency, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, the Katherine Susannah Prichard Foundation and the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Western Australia).

He won the Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction in 2012, and in 2014 was selected as the first Australian Fellow in the history of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and two young sons.


  • Jen and Steven meet at sixteen and marry at eighteen. Soon they're the parents of three young children. Initially, the kids keep them together until love turns to lies and the family implodes. As they become adults, each child faces love and loss in the shadow of their family legacy. You Belong Here is a book about trust and connection. About what keeps us going in spite of ourselves. About a place where we belong.

  • These are stories to be felt, read, and remembered. They cover births, deaths, and moments that define our hopes, fears, and failures.
BLOG POSTS BY Laurie Steed
Read ‘Part I’ here “When writing my debut novel, You Belong Here, I sometimes went into musical memory, and at other times heard songs that hit me, made me question what it was I was trying to say, and why. Sometimes, I’d feel inexplicably warm feelings towards songs that were, for lack of a better…
Songs can be gateways into worlds or other ways of being. Sometimes they’re poignant, beautiful reflections. Sometimes they’re incessantly optimistic pick-me-ups, challenges to be happy. And, at other times they’re those weird dance tracks that say the same phrase over and over, a sort of music reductivism for the emotionally challenged. When writing my debut…
Your story ‘Sheen’, begins Joiner Bay and other stories, and, in some respects, sets the tone for what’s to come in the collection. How did you approach the story from conception through to completion? Were there certain challenges in its execution, or did it come to you near fully-formed? That’s so nice! But also funny…
This year’s Margaret River Short Story Competition anthology was edited by Ellen Van Neerven, author of her debut collection Heat and Light, and poetry collection Comfort Food. Ellen is quiet and contemplative in person but on the page, unique worlds come to life and flawed, believable characters face their fear. Ellen is one of he…

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